This is the only place in the UK getting happier

 
Rebecca Smith
Scotland was the only country to show improvements across measures of personal well-being
Scotland was the only country to show improvements across measures of personal well-being (Source: Getty)

Scotland is the only place in the UK getting any happier, according to analysis out today from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Its latest personal well-being figures from January to December 2017 covered the UK as a whole, as well as England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland individually.

Scotland has shown improvements in average ratings of life satisfaction, worthwhile and happiness, but there were no overall changes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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The ONS said between the years ending December 2016 and 2017, "improvements in worthwhile and happiness ratings in the UK were driven by Scotland, where average (mean) ratings also improved".

People in Northern Ireland though, did continue to report higher levels of personal well-being compared with the UK average in the year ending December 2017.

Average life satisfaction ratings also improved for Scotland, though there were no significant changes for ratings of anxiety.

A higher proportion of people in Wales reported low levels of life satisfaction, worthwhile and happiness last year, compared with the UK average.

The ONS assessed how people rate their lives in terms of overall life satisfaction, the sense that what they are doing is worthwhile and how happy they feel, as well as how anxious they are.

Silvia Manclosi from the ONS said: “An important aspect of our work is to shed light on inequalities in society to better support who is struggling in different aspects of life. For example, we have seen some differences between countries, with Scotland driving improvements in personal well-being."

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